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India: When Government Fails to Protect Minorities
India: When Government Fails to Protect Minorities

By: Vinoth Ramachandra
While hate crimes committed by and against Muslims in Europe receive increasing attention in the global media, the rise of Hindu vigilantism in India has received scant coverage.

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U.S.'s Unholy Alliances with Saudi Arabia, Big Business
U.S.'s Unholy Alliances with Saudi Arabia, Big Business

By: Vinoth Ramachandra
While inking its biggest arms sale in its history to Saudi Arabia, the U.S. government illustrated not only its unholy alliance with Saudi Arabia, but also with big business.

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U.S. Adults Affirming Creationist View at All-Time Low
U.S. Adults Affirming Creationist View at All-Time Low

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The percentage of U.S. adults affirming creationism declined 8 points in 2017 to an all-time low of 38 percent, Gallup says. It's the first time since 1982 that creationism wasn't the most common response.

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Taking Objective, Nuanced Look at Our National History
Taking Objective, Nuanced Look at Our National History

By: Vinoth Ramachandra
When examining our national histories, we must be objective, nuanced and morally responsible. Only those who see the world in black and white refuse to acknowledge anything good in their enemies.

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Do Christianity and Science Oppose Each Other?: Part 2
Do Christianity and Science Oppose Each Other?: Part 2

By: Roger Olson
While complicated tensions exist between religion and science, both Christian theology and science need to respect their boundaries and limits, the late theologian Emil Brunner said.

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Do Christianity and Science Oppose Each Other?: Part 1
Do Christianity and Science Oppose Each Other?: Part 1

By: Roger Olson
Many are convinced that modern science is Christianity's enemy, while many scientifically minded people are convinced Christianity is science's enemy. Evolution is often the flashpoint.

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Why Your Church Should Observe World Refugee Day
Why Your Church Should Observe World Refugee Day

By: Vinoth Ramachandra
The U.N. observes World Refugee Day every June to honor those forced to flee their home countries under the threat of war, persecution, conflict and environmental disasters. Did your church participate?

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Don't Blame God for Natural Disasters' Death Tolls
Don't Blame God for Natural Disasters' Death Tolls

By: Vinoth Ramachandra
When earthquakes and other natural disasters strike poor nations, some blame the high death tolls on the fall of man. The blame falls to corruption and incompetence that fails to protect the poor.

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How British Government Betrayed Hong Kong Protesters
How British Government Betrayed Hong Kong Protesters

By: Vinoth Ramachandra
The British government signed a treaty with China to ensure Hong Kong's core values, including freedom of speech and assembly, until 2047. But as recent Hong Kong protests were broken up, Britain was mum.

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Churches Divest from Companies Feeding Violence
Churches Divest from Companies Feeding Violence
By: Vinoth Ramachandra
If the U.S. and its European allies can't be pressured to defend Palestinian civilians, to whom should we turn? Some churches have divested from Western businesses that supply Israel's military machine.
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Willing the World into Existence
Credo: It’s my belief the creation story in Genesis is a religious story rich in faith but not one meant to be understood in a scientific or literal way. I believe in science and so do you. The book of Genesis was written in an age before science was known or understood. To hold the Bible up as scientific writing is to do harm to its original intent or meaning.
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The Super Rich and Income Inequality
The Super Rich and Income Inequality

By: Vinoth Ramachandra
We've known that economic inequality is cumulative and hereditary and that the super rich are hijacking democracy. Now, a new book offers the sophisticated statistical analysis to back it up.

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When Democracies Don't Represent Everyone
When Democracies Don't Represent Everyone
By: Vinoth Ramachandra
While the middle classes of the world resent the populism of politicians who exploit the ignorance of the peasantry, there is little comparable anger at the subversion of democracy by the super-rich.
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World Cup Preparation Ignores Migrant Workers' Protection
World Cup Preparation Ignores Migrant Workers' Protection
By: Vinoth Ramachandra
Since Qatar won the bid to host soccer's World Cup in 2022, more than 400 migrant workers have died on the country's construction sites. And that number could reach 4,000 when the World Cup begins.
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What's the Connection Between Morality and Intellect?
What's the Connection Between Morality and Intellect?
By: Vinoth Ramachandra
Ethics doesn't live in a different realm than knowledge. A preacher's political stance and what he does with his fees says more about his Christianity than any of his theological arguments. 
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Survey: Strong Affirmation of Human Evolution in U.S.
Survey: Strong Affirmation of Human Evolution in U.S.
By:  EthicsDaily Staff
While 60 percent of U.S. adults affirm human evolution, most black Protestants and white evangelical Protestants believe humans existed in their present form since the beginning of time, a survey found.
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The Seductive Momentum of Technology
The Seductive Momentum of Technology
Technology is no longer about gadgets and machines. Bureaucracy and technology are intimately linked. Both exalt the reduction of life and work to rule-following behavior.
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Is New Zealand's Biblical, Historical Heritage Being Erased?
Is New Zealand's Biblical, Historical Heritage Being Erased?
Biblical illiteracy and historical amnesia aren't confined to New Zealand, but there does seem to be a systematic effort here to erase any Christian reference in state education and public life.
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Educating Donors about Where Their Money Goes
Educating Donors about Where Their Money Goes
Sponsorship of children in Third World nations is a near-perfect marketing strategy for raising funds. That's why it persists despite concerns expressed by local people.
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What U.S. Christians Can Learn from India, Sri Lanka
What U.S. Christians Can Learn from India, Sri Lanka
U.S. Christians betray their faith by their strident cries of "persecution" and lobbing grenades at people. The histories and politics of India and Sri Lanka could teach them something.
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5 Moral Challenges Caused by Food Injustice
5 Moral Challenges Caused by Food Injustice
Pope Benedict XVI has decried the abuse of animals in our food production. Consider these five moral challenges about how the food on our table gets there.
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Teaching Children the Responsibility of Disobedience
Teaching Children the Responsibility of Disobedience
Passive followers help tyrants stay in power. Christian parents and educators can best serve God's kingdom by teaching children the responsibility of disobedience.
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Today's Actions Can Create Tomorrow's Dictators
Today's Actions Can Create Tomorrow's Dictators
If the next generation of Maos, Hos, Osamas and Castros are being formed today in Gaza, the West Bank, northwest Pakistan, the Congo or northern Sri Lanka, who bears responsibility?
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Stagnant Middle Class, Super-Rich Rise Drain Economy
Stagnant Middle Class, Super-Rich Rise Drain Economy
The biggest transformation in the U.S. economy since the 1980s has been the stagnation of the middle classes and the dramatic rise of the super-rich. Can it be turned around?
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When You Must Choose Between Competing Rights
When You Must Choose Between Competing Rights
Broadcasting anti-Islamic propaganda goes beyond a free-speech right. However, the most difficult decisions we make are not about right and wrong, but choosing between competing rights.
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Why Advertisers Want You to Hear from
Why Advertisers Want You to Hear from "Scientists"
When we hear information from scientific sources, we drink in those facts with unquestioning reverence. It's a truth that the advertising world knows well and exploits fully.
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Are Our Minds Merely Creations of Our Brains?
Are Our Minds Merely Creations of Our Brains?
Attacking shoddy science and naïve philosophy, an author and philosopher explains why our consciousness cannot be found solely in the stand-alone brain.
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How Should Churches Help Poor? Compassion or Justice?
How Should Churches Help Poor? Compassion or Justice?
When churches provide aid to the needy, are they unwittingly helping governments abdicate their duty to poor citizens? Perhaps more churches ought to be crying out for justice for the poor.
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Evolution and Christians: 5 Questions Answered
Evolution and Christians: 5 Questions Answered
Some Christians have trouble reconciling their faith with evolution. But the answers to five common questions that Christians have show why they need not be troubled.
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Marginalizing Women in Church Betrays Gospel
Marginalizing Women in Church Betrays Gospel
Folks who are the most vocal about "living under biblical authority" often rely on obscure verses to keep women from exercising their leadership gifts in the church. It betrays the gospel.
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Faith's Slow Retreat into Irrelevance
Faith's Slow Retreat into Irrelevance
When we allow faith to be redefined as scientific truth or political ideology, we subordinate it to these other realities. To continue down this path is to march our faith toward irrelevance.
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Western Nations Practice Selective Justice
Western Nations Practice Selective Justice
The United States and Western Europe are strong advocates of human rights in Africa and the Middle East – as long as it doesn't block their economic and political interests.
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Rescuing Creation-Talk – From All Sides
Rescuing Creation-Talk – From All Sides
To hold a serious discussion on creation risks receiving ridicule from Christians and scientists alike. Ignorance and its close cousin, arrogance, are found on all sides.
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US Gov't Pushes for UN Resolution on Sri Lanka
US Gov't Pushes for UN Resolution on Sri Lanka
The U.S. was the prime mover behind a resolution by the U.N. Human Rights Council, calling on Sri Lanka to improve its human rights record and launch a war-crimes inquiry.
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Putting Human Rights Before National Sovereignty
Putting Human Rights Before National Sovereignty
While some nations invoke sovereignty to deflect criticism of their brutality, a civil society must stand for human rights to protect the poor and oppressed.
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Escalating Fear of Iran Over Middle-East Peace
Escalating Fear of Iran Over Middle-East Peace
The saber-rattling in this presidential election year has replaced Iraq with Iran as the global villain. As politicians in the U.S. and Israel escalate fear of Iran, will they create a self-fulfilling prophecy?
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U.S. Apathetic to Middle East Injustices
U.S. Apathetic to Middle East Injustices
Turning a blind eye to injustices in the Middle East, much of the U.S. public, including many of its church leaders, are profoundly ignorant of Middle East history.
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On Eve of Darwin’s Birthday, States Take Steps to Limit Evolution
(RNS) On the eve of Charles Darwin's birthday, lawmakers in at least four states are taking steps to hinder the teaching of evolution.
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Why That
Why That "Jeopardy!" Computer Isn't That Smart
Watson's winning performance on "Jeopardy!" was hailed as a triumph of machine intelligence over human. But comparing computers like Watson to the human brain is philosophical sleight of hand.
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Flawed Arguments Against the Bible, Evolution
Flawed Arguments Against the Bible, Evolution
Does the Bible teach us who to hate? Some may use Scripture to justify their hatred, but Jesus' teaching was crystal clear when he told us to love our enemies.
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The Mindless Reasoning of Pseudo-Scientists
The Mindless Reasoning of Pseudo-Scientists
Evolutionary psychologists say the ultimate motivation for our behavior is making the world safe for our genes, which means all our decisions are self-serving. So why are their assertions exempted from this reasoning?
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Uncovering the Cracks in the Micro-Credit Industry
Uncovering the Cracks in the Micro-Credit Industry

The micro-credit industry was once seen as the magic formula to end poverty. However, we now see that microfinancing isn't helping the poor out of poverty.

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Why China May Be Biggest Threat to Global Security
Why China May Be Biggest Threat to Global Security
Which nation is the biggest threat to global security? To feed its addiction to rapid growth, China has been gobbling up resources across the globe.
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Why We Can Do Without Most Economists
Why We Can Do Without Most Economists
Why couldn't economists have predicted the mess of today's global economy? Perhaps because many of them played a crucial role in creating the conditions that paved the way for the crisis.
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Marina Silva: A Missionary for Care of Creation
Marina Silva: A Missionary for Care of Creation
Marina Silva, a Brazilian environmentalist and politician, is a committed Christian who puts the long-term future of the planet and its inhabitants ahead of short-term financial gain.
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Personally and Globally, We're Enslaved to Debt
Personally and Globally, We're Enslaved to Debt
Responsible lending can help people escape poverty, but lending by rich nations and financial institutions in our debt-ridden global economy is often irresponsible. How will Christians respond?
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Film Explores Shifting Debate over Evolution
(RNS) A new documentary examines the evolving battle over teaching evolution in American classrooms.
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One Woman's Quest for Affordable Education in Chile
One Woman's Quest for Affordable Education in Chile
A 23-year-old woman has spearheaded a populist movement to take on Chile's educational and political system. When will Christian universities and churches begin to produce such students?
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Atheists press to ban creationism from U.K. schools
LONDON (RNS) A group of 30 leading scientists are pressing the British government to ban all teaching of creationism in the nation’s publicly funded schools.
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The High Cost of Security in the United States
The High Cost of Security in the United States
While it's incumbent on governments to provide security for their citizens, should we forego that security when it's obtained at the cost of harming, degrading or endangering the lives of innocent others?
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Is a New War Against Public Education Being Launched?
Is a New War Against Public Education Being Launched?
Some GOP presidential hopefuls seem to be waging a war on public education, sending dog-whistle messages to the Christian Right that they can count on them to support the teaching of creationism in science classes.
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Super Rich View Poor as Mere Collateral Casualties
Super Rich View Poor as Mere Collateral Casualties
While budget-panicked governments in the U.S. and Europe take out their fears on the urban poor and lower-middle class with cutbacks to services, the super rich get away with tax evasion on a huge scale.
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Remembering the Integrity of John Stott
Remembering the Integrity of John Stott
Author and theologian John Stott, who died last month at 90, was one of those rare Christian leaders who was willing to change his mind and admit that he had done so.
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Atheism 2.0: Taking Cues from Religion
Atheism 2.0: Taking Cues from Religion
A "spirituality" without truth can be as oppressive as unity without justice. When religions are emptied of gods, other gods take over. And the god of the state is prominent among them.
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Do Governments Need Dose of Direct Democracy?
Do Governments Need Dose of Direct Democracy?
While they posture about standing up for human rights and dignity, Western governments are deeply indebted to repressive political regimes and enmeshed in exploitative financial systems.
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In the Games of the Rich, the Poor Lose
In the Games of the Rich, the Poor Lose
As dire warnings continue about the slowing down of global economic growth, few ask who bears the cost for such growth. As the rich play games with the economy, the world's poor suffer.
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Injustice in Global Labor Market Is at Church's Doorstep
Injustice in Global Labor Market Is at Church's Doorstep
The maid at the center of the charges of sexual assault against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is typical of those employed in the world's luxury hotel industry. Many live on meager incomes and work in subhuman conditions.
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Empty Religiosity Ignores Issues of Justice
Empty Religiosity Ignores Issues of Justice
When Christian leaders in powerful nations discuss truth only in matters of religious apologetics but not in issues of justice and accountability, is it any wonder that evangelical Christianity faces a crisis of credibility?
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Sri Lanka: A Tale of Crimes and Evasions
Sri Lanka: A Tale of Crimes and Evasions
As Sri Lanka approaches the second anniversary of the end of a 30-year-old conflict, the nation faces a moral and spiritual crisis. Will its leaders seek national reconciliation or stoke mindless exhibitions of patriotic fever?
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A Child's Question: Adam and Eve vs. Cavemen
A Child's Question: Adam and Eve vs. Cavemen
What's your answer when your daughter asks whether Adam and Eve or the cavemen came first? You could pit science and faith against each other. Or help her affirm her faith while appreciating science.
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State Politicians Try to Advance Anti-Evolution Bills
State Politicians Try to Advance Anti-Evolution Bills
State lawmakers from a half-dozen states have proposed anti-evolution bills this year, with several of them claiming their bills would ensure academic freedom and prevent workplace discrimination.
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Which Matters More? Truth or Personal Happiness
Which Matters More? Truth or Personal Happiness
With "whistleblowing" once again the subject of legal and political harangues, surely it is only a matter of time before WikiLeaks and Julian Assange make it to Hollywood.
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How Social Media is Transforming Society
How Social Media is Transforming Society
As the widespread use of the new communication media transforms humanity into "multiple-choice identities," little critical and theological reflection is emerging from our churches and seminaries.
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Living the Good Life on the Backs of the Poor
Living the Good Life on the Backs of the Poor
As long as their own dividends kept flowing in regularly, thousands of stockholders couldn't care less what the banks had been doing with their money. It's further proof that the rich live on the backs of the poor.
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Creationism Holds Steady at Four in 10 Americans, Gallup Says
(RNS) Four in 10 Americans believe that God created humans in something like their present form within the last 10,000 years, according to a new Gallup Poll.
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Yes, Kentucky, There is an Establishment Clause
Yes, Kentucky, There is an Establishment Clause
Christian conservative developers want Kentucky to subsidize their Noah's Ark theme park with up to $37.5 million. Does it violate the Constitution's establishment clause?
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Western Society's Fascination with Death, Violence
Western Society's Fascination with Death, Violence
As longevity increases in Western societies and actual encounters with dead bodies and rituals of death become rarer in the lives of children and youth, the fascination with suicide and violent death increases.
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What is the Greatest Priority of the Church?
What is the Greatest Priority of the Church?
A typical view in conservative evangelical circles is that evangelism is the foremost priority of the Church. How on earth did this Great Commission get reduced to preaching?
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As Nations Flex Muscles, Their Citizens Starve
As Nations Flex Muscles, Their Citizens Starve
Governments like North Korea, India and Pakistan are rich enough to build nuclear stockpiles and massive standing armies but still can't feed their own populations.
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What Would Adam Smith Think of Today's Economy?
What Would Adam Smith Think of Today's Economy?
Adam Smith, an 18th century philosopher and a pioneer of political economics, could not have envisioned today's world, in which our contemporary global economy is based on impersonal exchanges around the world.
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How to Scuttle the Church's Witness Abroad
How to Scuttle the Church's Witness Abroad
When well-off churches and other Christian organizations partner with poorer churches overseas, are they actually diverting people and funds away from locally initiated and productive ministries with lower overhead?
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What Creationism, Quran-Burning, Ground Zero Have in Common
What Creationism, Quran-Burning, Ground Zero Have in Common
Christian ministers burn the Quran. Protesters angrily object to an Islamic center near Ground Zero. Kentucky's Creation Museum has more than a million visitors. What do these all have in common? Fear.
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Three Years On, Creation Museum Is Evolving
PETERSBURG, Ky. (RNS) Ken Ham looks around the throng of guests and notes that “for a Tuesday, this is not a bad crowd.”
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Faith and Science: Not an Either/Or Choice
Faith and Science: Not an Either/Or Choice
Can the Bible be read seriously without being read literally? The unnecessary conflict between faith and science is wreaking havoc on both faith and science.
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Academic Honesty Carries High Price for Scholar
Academic Honesty Carries High Price for Scholar
A conservative Old Testament scholar said Christians risk being branded a cult if they refuse to acknowledge the evidence favoring some form of evolution. The seminary he worked for handed him his walking papers.
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Hijacking Faith to Fit Science, Politics
Hijacking Faith to Fit Science, Politics
Redefining faith as scientific truth or political ideology subordinates faith to these other realities. Out of a desire to have faith validated and affirmed by wider culture, some are allowing their beliefs to be hijacked.
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Reviewing Last Week's Public Brawl over Charles Darwin
Reviewing Last Week's Public Brawl over Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin was center stage recently, celebrated by some and condemned by others. What triggered the public brawl? It's the 200th anniversary of his birth and the 150th of "On the Origin of Species."
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Step Five: Not Confining God to Man's Expectations
Step Five: Not Confining God to Man's Expectations
Evolution has always been a burning issue among fundamentalists. My step away from fundamentalism came when I realized that I needed to stop trying to limit God. He is free to create any way he wants.
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Clergy Letter Project: Science, Bible Can Co-Exist
Clergy Letter Project: Science, Bible Can Co-Exist
The Clergy Letter Project began when a biologist and several clergy wrote a statement affirming the teaching of evolution. Nearly 12,000 Christian clergy have now signed the letter.
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Nominee to Lead NIH Balances Faith, Science
Nominee to Lead NIH Balances Faith, Science
Francis Collins, former head of the Human Genome Project and a Christian who is articulate at discussing his faith, has been named to lead the National Institutes of Health.
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Sen. Inhofe Lists Creationists as Prominent Scientists in Global Warming Report
Sen. Inhofe Lists Creationists as Prominent Scientists in Global Warming Report
Sen. Inhofe's report lists more than "700 dissenting scientists" who dispute man-made global warming. One "scientist" is actually a TV weatherman with no college degree. One wonders how many others are without credentials.
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When Science vs. Theology, No Truth Contradicts God
When Science vs. Theology, No Truth Contradicts God
Whether evolution or the environment or another hot topic, debates between scientists and theologians seem to get the most muddled when those involved seek to address concerns beyond their fields of their expertise.
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 Al Mohler Stokes Division with Comments on Evolution
Al Mohler Stokes Division with Comments on Evolution
This past week marked the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin. All across the country there were celebrations and denunciations—not by the same people, of course.
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Congregations Prepare to Observe Evolution Weekend
Congregations Prepare to Observe Evolution Weekend
Nearly 1,000 congregations across the country have announced plans to participate in Evolution Weekend Feb. 13-15 in order to spark “serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science.” Among the participants listed on the Evolution Weekend Web site are a dozen Baptist churches, as well as congregations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 13 other nations.
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President Bush, Evolution and the Bible
Over the last eight years there have been many points at which I have disagreed with President Bush. And there have been some points where I have agreed with him. His comments about God and evolution on “Nightline” in December were one of those places where I agree with him.
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Texas Board Site of Evolution Controversy
Since the table of chemical elements is not featured in the Bible, it's only fair that Moses and Abraham are kept out of science textbooks. That is the argument science teachers are wielding against efforts to introduce intelligent design curriculum in public schools—and what better place to argue about it than in Texas.
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New Conflicts Erupt Over Creationism in Public Schools
A school board in Ohio is holding a hearing examining claims that an eighth-grade science teacher kept a Bible on his desk, taught creationism and burned crosses on students' arms. A third-grader teacher in California is being investigated for criticizing evolution, informing her students that Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny do not exist, and advocating a belief in God. A school board in North Carolina has sparked controversy for considering the teaching of creationism.
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Church Leaders Seek Apology to Darwin
While leaders of the Church of England once quickly denounced Charles Darwin's work, some leaders now want the church to issue an apology to Darwin.
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Islamic Creationist Links Terrorism to Darwinism
Muslim terrorists are Darwinists, according to Adnan Oktar, an Islamic believer and a prominent creationist in Turkey, who wants to eradicate Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
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Science and Faith
The pastor of my church asked me to speak about naturalism and theism at our Wednesday night supper, in part to lay some groundwork for his discussion of creationism and evolution the following week.
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'Kansas vs. Darwin'
Ah, Kansas. Wheat. Tornadoes. State fairs with pig races and booths selling a pork chop on a stick.
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Seminary Professor Says Dinosaurs and Humans Lived Together
A Southern Baptist theologian and seminary administrator says dinosaurs and humans must have coexisted before Noah's flood.
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Scientists Say Evolution May Be Losing Ground in Classrooms
Evolution may be winning in the courtroom but losing in the classroom, warns a new nationwide study about teaching of evolution and creationism in high schools.
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Methodists Oppose Teaching of Creationism, Intelligent Design
The United Methodist Church passed a resolution at its recent General Conference opposing the teaching of Creation Science and Intelligent Design in public schools.
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'Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed'
Quick! What is intelligent design? Anyone? Anyone?
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Academic Freedom Sometimes Neither Academic nor Freedom
When the Christian Right begins advocating freedom in public classrooms, practice the time-honored discipline of moral discernment. Listen carefully. Think cautiously. Remember that the Right's past agenda is the best predictor of their real agenda. Know that God is not the author of confusion, but God's children are, especially when it comes to those who want theology taught in biology classrooms in public schools.
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Texas School Board Battles Over Intelligent Design
A Texas-sized battle is brewing within the State Board of Education over what must be included in public-school textbooks.
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Florida Education Board Should Stick to Science, Avoid Theology
The Florida Board of Education should discount a letter from the top official of the Florida Baptist Convention opposing the approval of language for the new science standards that reads: "Evolution is the fundamental concept underlying all of biology and is supported by multiple forms of scientific evidence."
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Evolution Weekend Aims to Elevate Discussion of Religion and Science
Evolution Sunday, an annual event held in churches the last two years to promote the idea that science and faith are compatible, this year is being expanded and renamed Evolution Weekend to make it more inclusive for members of all religions.
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Religion and Science
At a news conference in November 2005, Cardinal Paul Poupard, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture, defended Darwin's theory of evolution over and against Intelligent Design. "The fundamentalists want to give a scientific meaning to words that had no scientific aim," he said. The real message of Genesis is to teach us that "the universe didn't make itself and had a creator."
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